Fort Edmonton Park
Fort Edmonton Park
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Fort Edmonton Park is nestled on 158 acres of wooded parkland along Edmonton’s River Valley and began as a Canada Centennial reconstruction project in 1967. Our expansive, multi-attraction space provides a community gathering place for guests, whether it be a park visit, a private function, or a special event. Every visit is a new adventure filled with immersive and unique experiences. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Rotary Club of Edmonton and the Fort Edmonton Foundation, the experience continues to expand upon Edmonton's story.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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JRAsFishBabe
Calgary, Canada2,253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A summer trip to Edmonton should allow for a visit to Fort Edmonton Park. I can't believe that my first visit here only took place last August. This facility is owned by the City of Edmonton and operated by the Fort Edmonton Management Company. A visit to the park is really to live and to understand what it means to have an Edmonton heritage as well as giving you an understanding of being an Albertan. We have a similar facility in Calgary, that being Heritage Park. It is so wonderful that there have been people so diligent in helping to preserve these reminders of our history and past.
Fort Edmonton Park is situated on a 64 hectare plot of land that lies in the North Saskatchewan River valley. When you enter the park, you proceed to the fully functional steam train which takes you to the far end of the park, here is where you should begin. You depart at the newly opened (in 2021) Indigenous Peoples Experience Pavilion, a very worthwhile exhibit hall, and from there you proceed back to the entrance. Your next visit will be the reconstructed 1846 HBC fort and as you continue, you come to reconstructed streets dating from different periods of Edmonton's history, 1885, 1905 and 1920, ending up at a reconstructed Midway from 1920. Each of these "streets "contain buildings and structures pertaining to that respective era in Edmonton history. This is all well done and is an ongoing project, so expect more expansion and improvements in the future. To add to the reality, you will also encounter costume historical interpreters throughout the park. Refreshments and restaurants are also conveniently located where and when you need them.
The 2024 season has not begun as of yet, so check their website for offers, admission prices, opening dates and times. The price of admission includes train rides and streetcar rides.
So welcome to the past!
Written March 8, 2024
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rod m
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We went to Dark at Fort Edmonton Park which was pretty good actually. However we paid extra to get fast passes and the fast pass lines were actually slower then the regular lines. The fast pass line was about 1/3 the length of the regular line but the people working the event were letting 3 groups in from the regular line for every one group from the fast pass line. We saw people that we walked in with get into the event ahead of us using the regular line, Bottom line we were scammed don't buy the fast passes!!.
Written October 27, 2023
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Marylyn R
Edmonton, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
What a great addition is the Indigenous experience …so much information added to by the knowledgeable staff, The lady speaking about the video was so friendly and informative we have to go back for more. A great long day for a senior,an autistic grandchild and a person with intellectual disabilities…..A very enjoyable time.
Written September 2, 2023
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Liz M
Edmonton, Canada7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
So very disappointed. I haven't been there since the renovation. No where to eat except a mediocre at best, fast food place. No hamburgers available that day, ordered hotdogs instead which were horrible. Everything looked under construction. Ferris wheel wasn't working. It used to be so special. The train ride is still nice, and the kids liked the midway. I remember the candy store and gift shop used to be nice, now nothing really there to buy.
Written August 25, 2023
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Jim B
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Haven't been to this place since 2000 or 2001. I remember it being a lot better, and bigger. I don't know how, but the houses seem a lot more spaced out now than they did back then, like they've taken down some houses or something. It would take me about ten minutes to walk from the entrance of the park to the back of it. I could never recall it being this small. Perhaps my memory is just shoddy.

Their 'giftshop' is incredibly mediocre, borderline terrible. There's nothing to buy there. I remember the gift shop being in the actual park itself, on 1905 street? (don't quote me on that). Now it's at the entrance and it's entirely modern, with glass windows and such. Twenty years ago, you were able to purchase toy bow and arrows at the shop. Now, you can't so much get anything besides a shirt with the word 'Fort Edmonton Park' emblazoned on it. Fantastic. They could've at least sold stetson hats, I guess that's asking for too much.

I remember the train going a lot faster than it does now too. Why is there even a trolley car that goes through the park? They charge you $5 for a horse wagon ride when I can ride a trolley car for free. Makes no sense.

The best parts of the park were the new indigenous exhibit and the Selkirk bar, where I was able to order a few pints of Alley Kat to drink away my sorrows.
Written August 13, 2023
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Gamer W
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I use to go there lots growing up and even before the renovations and now I don't want to go anymore because it use to feel like we traveled but in time now it doesn't the magic is gone. The renovation looks modern. Most of the shops are gone. Can't go places we used to be able to. The indigenous Center built by the Fort does not go with the Era. Lack of workers. Me and everyone I know thinks your going down hill at least your Fort still brings excitement and joy to me everything else doesn't. Not sure if we are ever going back.
Written August 6, 2023
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Sandy I
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I visit Fort Edmonton at least 5 times a year with friends and grandchildren - I took a granddaughter yesterday and was totally appalled at the lack of at this park these days! First, the entry for 2 adults and a 6 yr old was $79 + then we walked to have lunch only to find that most of the places had closed and there was only the selkirk or the Masonic lodge to eat - so the Masonic Lodge it was - well no burgers cause the 6 people in the kitchen staring at the empty place couldn't make any so we got a Caesar salad, chicken fingers and fries and what they called brisket on a bun - all so premade they may as well have been microwaved and 2 waters for $ 54!!! seriously! then off to the pony ride which the staff there and the general store a HUGE THUMBS UP! they were incredible!!! then to the Indigenous experience which was awesome as usual but there was a huge LACK of everything going on in the park - then we bought 2 bottles of $4 ea water and exited - there was so little going on that the 6 year old was bored and quite honestly I am not sure I will go back until I see a change in something there! The garden is gone, which I always thought would be an excellent way to lend it to a seniors or gardening club that would plant and tend it and then in the fall hold a farmers market to sell everything and make a few dollars for the organization! And send a note out to the seniors places in Edmonton and rent them a table to bring homemade jams, jellies, pies, cookies, baking..... very home made items not the bought in China variety - the greenhouse could grow and sell plants , flowers - have an old truck transport it all to the front to pick up when they leave - the train building is sitting empty and idol - bring back a little of the past - I have sent so many suggestions through but there just seems to be less and less of everything there - its a lot of money to spend on a lot of nothing ..... I think a new team of thinkers need to be hired if you want this to ever be a going concern - or maybe your OK with meh?
Written June 11, 2023
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Lori Lynn
Edmonton, Canada94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is one of my favorite places to visit. The park has been upgraded since COVID. I love having sunday brunch at the Selkirk hotel during the summer. The actors/workers in the park are very friendly and informative. It is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Written October 1, 2022
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Carol S
North Bend, OR34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
I read some reviews that made me skeptical of this place. But honestly, how do you beat this? The new indigenous center is incredible! This whole place is like a world of museums and historical sites all wrapped into one amusement park! With… An amusement park!
The entry fees dirt cheap and there’s so much to see! I spent approximately four hours here and I think I rushed it.
Highly recommend!
Written August 7, 2022
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Ryan B
Fort McMurray, Canada27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is my second time to Fort Edmonton Park, and first time post rejuvenation. Was a nice way to spend the day. Our 2.5 year old enjoyed the experience and the steam train.
Written August 3, 2022
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